newbie just bought first adventure bike

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by schwato, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. schwato

    schwato n00b

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    Just bought an 07 KTM 99 my first adv bike, what mods should be done in order of importance?
    Bike has factory KTM plastic side bags and fmf exhaust slip ons ? everything else is stock.
    thanks
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  2. gozirra

    gozirra Spam?

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    Being a 950 noob myself I can only share my shortlist.

    1. Does it run?
    1a. learn to check your oil every ride until you know the bike
    2a. same with coolant
    2. tank guards
    3. service up to date?
    4. start planning for fuel pump, water pump, clutch cyl replace.
    5 ride it
    6. see 5
    7. oil change
    8. ride more
    9. preemptively fix known issues, repeat riding.

    thats where my list is so far.
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  3. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    If you are going to ride a lot of rocks, a good solid skid plate like the Black Dog, and a sidestand relocation kit would be money well spent.

    If you like to ride fast in rocks, a steering stabilizer has saved me numerous trips to the hospital.

    HID lights are good too. The Rekluse clutch is awesome on the big bike. Wide pegs are really nice. Aux fuel tank is nice. Well, you get the idea, you can really go crazy on mods with this bike. :lol3
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  4. schwato

    schwato n00b

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    Bike is in good running condition with 21,000 miles. The info i'm looking for is at what mileage should I be concerned about the fuel pump, water pump ? I hear about the fuel injection system needing work as far as not being very smooth what is the fix ?
    thanks
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  5. dirtybikefrank

    dirtybikefrank Beast wrestler

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    Read these forums to know how to fix the common problems you mentioned. Most of all ride it and don't worry about issues w the bike. It's limitations are most likely not the problem.

    My 07 has 47k of thrashing. It begs for more. Enjoy.
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  6. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

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    Although its been said many times, many ways, (Nat King Cole singing this)
    the info you seek is here

    http://ktm950.info/

    Oh yeah,

    A very Merry Christmas to you!

    Someone needs to make a Santa smilie.

    Mike Z
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  7. schwato

    schwato n00b

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    thanks guys much appreciated !!!!!!
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  8. Denalidirt

    Denalidirt High Plains Drifter

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    Use this forum and read as much as you can, but be careful it will make you paranoid.
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  9. thugdog

    thugdog Druid Revisionist

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    ride it.





    ~
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  10. Venturer

    Venturer AKA klakeman

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    Yep. Don't worry about buying a bunch of expensives add-ons. It does just fine stock. You will determine which, if any, mods make sense for you sometime later.

    Just add fuel and enjoy.
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  11. RozzyCat

    RozzyCat Bleeds orange

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  12. jsg161968

    jsg161968 daydreamer

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    congrats on the 990! I grabbed an 07 this past july and I've been so stoked and that's an understatement. Denalidirt said it really well. This forum is an incredible resource but it can get ya a little paranoid because it is way comprehensive with incredible depth and lots of very experienced and smart people adding to the knowledge base. So I am sticking with everyone's most important and emphatic comment....ride that shit!
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